The Associate Press reported earlier this month on recovery and rebuilding efforts going on in the city of Galveston as residents try to move past Hurricane Ike and into the new future of the town. Facing its first hurricane season since Ike, the residents emotions fluctuate as they try to bring their city back from the brink of complete destruction the hurricane season brought upon it last year.
Another hurricane season is the last thing Galveston wants to think about after last year’s devastation from Hurricane Ike.
“Hurricane season got here a lot quicker than I thought it would. I’m still busy working on my own house, trying to get back in there,” said Steve LeBlanc, manager of the island city 50 miles southeast of Houston. “But we are busy getting prepared for another season.”
As the 2009 hurricane season began this week, many of Galveston’s residents were still mired in repairs nearly nine months after the costliest disaster in Texas history came ashore with 110-mph winds and 12-foot storm surge on Sept. 13.
During Galveston’s annual hurricane preparedness meeting on Wednesday, Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas and other officials warned the approximately 12,000 island residents who ignored an evacuation order for Ike: This time, leave when we ask you to.
It is obviously important for residents of Galveston, Texas and the Gulf Coast region as a whole for the city to be rebuilt as a sign that these disasters can and will be overcome. The lesson, it seems, that needs to be learned in the wake of such tragedy is that no storm’s danger should be overlooked when people decide to ride it out or not. By being prepared and ready to evacuate in the face of approaching storms, residents can guarantee the safety of themselves and their loved ones rather than running the risk of the storm building stronger and changing direction, wreaking havoc like they did in the past three years in the Gulf Coast.